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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Jana Pittman to return at Zatopek meet on 10th December

Jana Pittman to return at Zatopek meet on 10th December

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Pittman set to rturn at Zatopek

by: Nicole Jeffery
From:The Australian
November 24, 2011

DUAL world 400m hurdles champion Jana Pittman will venture back on to the competition track for the first time since achilles tendon surgery, at the annual Zatopek Classic in Melbourne on December 10.

Pittman has raced only once this year, a memorable 400m hurdles outing at the national athletics final in Perth in April where she defeated national champion Lauren Boden, but which also stirred up a lower calf injury.

She withdrew from the national titles and eventually underwent surgery in early June to remove the sheath around her achilles tendon.

However, national head coach Eric Hollingsworth said Pittman had made an excellent recovery from the surgery and was ready to test herself on the track.

She will run a 4x400m relay in Melbourne to "get her racing legs under her", he said.

Hollingsworth outlined an expansive competition schedule for Pittman this summer, in contrast to recent years in which she has barely been able to race because of successive injuries.

"She needs to find her legs again in preparation for the Olympics and we need to get her race-hardened," he said.

After the Zatopek meet, Pittman is scheduled to run at the Devonport Gift (December 29-30) in Tasmania, as a gentle re-entry to racing.

Hollingsworth said Pittman had also committed to running a 4x400m relay at the Brisbane Track Classic on January 14, as the Australian team attempts to set a qualifying time for the Olympics.

"She's keen to be racing and I am very happy with where she's at in her build-up to the competition season," he said.

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